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Rhinecliff Hotel, Rhinecliff NY

The Rhinecliff in Rhinecliff NY is one of my all-time favorite hotels for several reasons: The View of the Hudson River It is steps from the Amtrak station (1 ¾ hours from Penn Station in NYC) Prices are reasonable for the setting (starting at $179 offseason for a very stylish, contemporary room) Did I mention the […] Read more

Best Budget Hotels Near NYC, Boston, and Washington, DC

The number one obstacle to a big city vacation is undoubtably the cost of accommodations. Rooms in popular neighborhoods often start at above $300, and that’s for cramped quarters and little or no amenities. Forget about pools, free parking, or complimentary breakfasts. To get these features and save money, consider expanding your search outside major urban areas. We […] Read more

Porches Inn, North Adams MA

An homage to the past, with an eye towards the future, Porches Inn is an example of witty repurposing. The ultimate in building recycling, developers took an eyesore and created a luxurious, but homey inn, utilizing pieces of the wreckage. Once a dilapidated series of row houses for the millworkers who toiled across the street (in the […] Read more

Beresheet Hotel, Mitzpe Ramon, Israel

The Beresheet Hotel is truly heaven on earth. Set on the rim of the non-impact Ramon Crater in the Negev (mid-southern Israel), this is probably one of the most beautifully stark and surprisingly alive places in the world. I stayed here for two nights in February 2015, and wished it were longer. Look at these photos […] Read more

Mitzpe Hayamim: A Top Spa Hotel in Northern Israel

Mitzpe Hayamim, an Organic Farm/Spa/Hotel/Restaurant in northern Israel, is not luxe in the American sense of dressed-to-the-nines guestrooms and overstuffed duvets. There’s nary a crystal chandelier or plush banquet to be seen. Near the mystical city of Tzfat, Israel, this upscale, naturally wild spot, however, does feature lavish spa treatments, ample time for reflection, and some […] Read more

10 Best Hotels to be Caught in A Storm (From Huffington Post)

With the “Blizzard of the Century” bearing down on the Northeast, this roundup of charming hotels and inns is timely. The following roundup was first published in the Huffington Post: Imagine a crackling fire, a fine glass of wine, a decadent meal, and no need to call for a taxi or grab your car keys. […] Read more

Hotel Fauchere, Milford PA

In the mid-1800’s, Louis Fauchere, Master Chef at New York’s celebrated Delmonico’s Restaurant, opened Hotel Fauchere as a Pocono’s summer escape for city-weary folk. Now opened year round, and having earned a Relais and Chateaux designation, the Fauchere is but one reason to skip over the New York border to this Pennsylvania resort town. Moved […] Read more

The Lodge at Glendorn, Rustic-Luxe in Bradford PA

The Lodge at Glendorn, Bradford PA Situated on 1,500 acres, Glendorn was built in 1927 as a country retreat for oil baron, Clayton Dorn, and his large family. When the property went up for auction in 2009, locals feared that the land would be grabbed by lumber companies eager to clear it. The aptly named Forrest’s […] Read more

8 Hotel Booking Tips That Will Save You Stress and Money

What if there was a checklist of hotel booking tips that could save you from getting lousy accommodations? Even seasoned travelers can be misled by pretty pictures and glowing reviews on hotel booking sites. According to online reviews, the motel I selected in Oceano, CA was “warm, clean, friendly” and “conveniently located, not too far […] Read more

The Martha Hotel, Abingdon VA

Sitting right across the street from the world famous Barter Theater,  The Martha Washington Inn, a gem of a Historic Hotel of America in Southwest Virginia, was rebranded “The Martha” to reflect more modern tastes. A recent rehab has brought this old lady into the 21st century- with room wi-fi, flat screen TV’s and plush bedding […] Read more

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